133 King Street

No. 133 King Street is a late 17th Century dwelling with attached warehouse. This Grade II Listed Building was converted to a shop and accommodation in 1885. The building was purchased by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust in 2012 for repair and reuse as an art gallery and artists' studios, with building works being completed in the end of May 2014. As to the repairs made, the building was successfully removed from the buildings at risk registry. Jeremy Stacey was the appointed architect, and the contractor was Wellington Construction Ltd.

The project was also used as a training initiative to help tackle the acute skills shortages within the town, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Apprenticeships have been offered to two trainees who worked with the Trust on its Cemeteries Project. The apprenticeships were delivered by Wellington Construction Ltd. and Great Yarmouth College.

The building was officially opened by Viscount Coke on the 16th June, when guests were able to enjoy a wonderful exhibition of modern prints by renowned artists loaned by David Case, ex-Director of Marlborough Fine Art, and a tour of the whole building, including the studios and residential accommodation now available.

Paul Davies has written an article gathering together all the research he has carried out on previous owners of 133 King Street. Click on the icon below to download.

Icon Article on previous owners of 133 King Street, by Paul Davies (12.4 MB)


133 King Street was featured in Episode 4 of the current BBC1 series of Britain's Empty Homes, transmitted on 17th October, 2013. It included an extensive interview with Darren Barker about the property and its refurbishment, along with plans for its end use.


The gallery will reopened in January 2016 as Skippings Gallery, after being managed for an initial period by Liam Murphy as Gallery 133, a name he is keeping for his further initiatives. The new gallery will open with a schedule of selected exhibitions of local and regional artists and will run with the support of volunteers. For more information about booking the gallery, please visit here.


133 King Street, a Grade II-listed property, was last used as a shop about 15 years ago and is on Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s buildings at risk register due to structural issues. Last year, the Preservation Trust took out a loan to buy 133 King Street, acting as a developer of last resort, to avoid the structure deteriorating further and help to further regenerate the King Street area. The loan is planned to be paid back through renting out the new facilities.

The project is part of the £4m Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) scheme, an area-based conservation-led regeneration scheme for the King Street area, whose centrepiece was the complete refurbishment of the Grade I-listed St George’s Theatre. The THI scheme, led by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, is funded through a number of sources, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and the Borough Council.

Work has now started to convert this 18th century former merchant’s house with attached warehouse, in the heart of Great Yarmouth, into a commercial art gallery with studio space.

Darren Barker, the Project Organiser for the Preservation Trust, who is also the Borough Council’s Principal Conservation Officer, said: “The property at 133 King Street is a rare survival from Great Yarmouth’s Georgian era because the majority of it hasn’t really been modernised or altered since the 18th century. The ethos of the conversion is minimum intrusion. There will be some sensitive repairs required but these will be undertaken in such a way that the character and appearance of the building is maintained.”

There has been a building on the site in some form or another for the last 800 years, and there are elements in the fabric of medieval construction. A shop front was added to the late 18th century house in 1870.

The conservation project will see a professional gallery created on the ground floor, and four artists’ studios for rent in the former warehouse to the rear, plus the creation of one three-bedroom residential unit and one single-bedroom live-work unit, which will be combined with one of the studios.

In February, 2013, local artists were invited to view 133 King Street, to meet the appointed Norfolk-based architects, Jeremy Stacey and Rhona Fleming, and discuss plans for the gallery and studio spaces.

There was huge support. International artist, John Kiki, even held a one-man show there before the works started, providing visitors with the chance to view recent paintings, along with an opportunity to see the premises and learn more about the project.

Bridget Heriz, the Trust’s Finance and Administration Officer at that time and a successful sculptor, said: “We have a very vibrant art community in Great Yarmouth but there’s no professional art gallery for contemporary work. We get enquiries from artists wanting studio space - although there are a lot of industrial units available, they can be expensive for artists to rent. The studios at 133 King Street and the gallery will be available on favourable terms, because we are keen to encourage creative enterprise to King Street, a Conservation Area near the town centre with a range of outstanding historic buildings and a growing leisure quarter with restaurants and the recently refurbished St. George’s Theatre."

Lewis Flowers of Wellington Construction Ltd. working at 133 King St.

Contractor Wellington Construction Ltd. started the work about a month ago, and hopes to finish in time for the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival, in June 2014. Two of the Trust’s buildings conservation apprentices will also work with the firm on the project, helping to develop a local pool of conservation skills, which are much-needed in the borough.

Roger and Paul Pitcher of Wellington Construction Ltd. at 133 King St.

Paul Pitcher, Managing Director of Wellington Construction Ltd., said: “We have had the pleasure of working on a number of historic buildings in Great Yarmouth, including the Boultons redevelopment, the conversion of the Art College to affordable housing, and the conversion of the Shipley’s Vets site. It is great to be working once again in the Borough with the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust. A project like this requires a sympathetic approach and a real feel for local heritage, which being based in the area is something we can bring.” 







Thirty local artists were invited to view 133 King Street on Friday 15th February 2013, to meet Jeremy Stacey and Rhona Fleming, the appointed architects, and discuss plans for the gallery and studio spaces. Sixteen artists were able to attend, including individuals representing the Great Yarmouth and District Society of Artists, The Great Yarmouth Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and The Great Yarmouth and District Photographic Society. Those attending were Janice Burgoyne (sculptor), Laurentino Silva Camarro (painter), Bill Casey (photographer), Mark Cator (photograpaher), John Dashwood (painter), Lorraine Finch(conservator), John Kiki (painter and printmaker), Rachel Thomas (painter), Jankie and Stephen Drummond (Jankie D Workshops), Steve Oatley (painter and sculptor), Emrys Parry(painter), Peter Rudolfo (painter), Manuel Seixas (photographer)and Andy Stephens and Liz (painter). Lots of practical feedback was offered by these artists and their contribution was much appreciated.


Central Park, 199x 299, 2013

Central Park, 199 x 299cm, 2013

Monday 22nd April to Friday 26th April, 2013, 10 am to 4 pm.

Consequent to the meeting held with artists in February 2013, John Kiki offered to install a one man show at 133 before repair works start, providing visitors a viewing of recent paintings created at his new studio in South Denes, along with an opportunity to view the premises prior to repairs and to learn more about the project. 

"John Kiki installation at 133 King St"

John Kiki installation at 133 King Street